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Just as 'Black Celebration' can be remembered for closing one chapter on Depeche Mode, 'Music For The Masses' can equally be seen as the catalyst for the many changes that were to come. In some ways it's a pivotal record. Firstly, this was the only album recorded by DM and Tears For Fears producer Dave Bascombe (whose role was more that of an engineer) and is perhaps the nearest to a self-produced LP than any before or indeed since. It also saw a more substantial period of pre-production at Alan's home studio in North London before moving to a commercial studio.